Writing About Government

Informational Writing Rubric 2015

Effectiveness of government paragraph structure

Argumentation Sentence Starters to help you explain your thoughts using academic language

Source analysis practice

Basic structures for informational texts:

  • Main Idea and Supporting Details, Eastern World p. 671,
  • Cause & Effects, Eastern World  p. 670,
  • Sequence, Eastern World p. 674,
  • Comparison & Contrast, Eastern World  p. 682

Ways to Support Your Ideas in Informational Writing:

  • description
  • examples
  • expert opinions
  • quotes from reliable sources
  • data and statistics
  • analysis and reasoning through using comparisons, analogy, cause & effect, defining the problem and showing possible solutions, weighing benefits and costs, etc.
  • Informational Writing Specific Is Terrific: How to make your examples strong by being specific and using the different types of support.

Paragraph Organization:

Basic paragraph structure includes a topic sentence or controlling idea, examples/or supporting points and analysis, explanation of how the support or examples demonstrate the main idea. Show your thinking.

Informational Writing #1

 A template for writing your paragraph if you find it helpful:

Structure Guide for Informational Writing Paragraph 

  • One paragraph explains what is an important purpose of government is. (Focus on one aspect.)  how government should use its power related to this aspect in your opinion?
  • Example 

Informational Writing# 2 How much freedom should people have according to the UN declaration of human rights? How are these rights upheld or violated in various locations?

Structure guide for government and personal freedoms paragraphs

Write a paragraph that explores these questions that we have been reading articles on in class.  Create a topic sentence. Use three supporting examples from news articles on the non-fiction news articles tab, or the section on law and justice under the Government Part 2 tab on the class blog. Explain how the examples show your controlling idea/topic sentence. Use transitions to link together your ideas.

Informational Writing/Socratic Discussion #3: Law and Government

Structure Guide for paragraph on Law and Government

Write a paragraph that explores these questions that we have been reading articles on in class.  Create a topic sentence. Use three supporting examples from news articles on the non-fiction news articles tab, or the section on law and justice under the Government Part 2 tab on the class blog. Explain how the examples show your controlling idea/topic sentence.

  • Who makes the laws?
  • What happens or should happen when laws are broken?
  • Explain and give examples of how governments make decisions or policies about what is just or fair and also what should happen to law breakers based on the type of government system and what it values.
  • What is your opinion about what should guide governments’ decisions about what is fair and just?

Informational Writing #4: Social Contract. Complete an in-class on-demand writing. Write an organized paragraph with a topic sentence, supporting ideas/examples, and explanations of how your examples show the topic sentence idea.

Template to help you write: Structure Guide for paragraph #4

What should governments do for people, and people for their governments? What is important to you about these ideas?

  • Extend your thinking: What are some of the complications in following through on this social contract between a government and its citizens?

  • Use your notes to help you write this paragraph.

Summing Up in Writing:

Write an in-class on-demand writing, using organized paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting ideas.

  • What do you understand about government now that you didn’t before starting this unit? How do governments use their power? What are examples of good and poor government? What are the most important things governments should do to improve the way they rule?

Informational Reading/Writing Rubric 2014

 

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